Major boost as Leeds forward recovers from injury blow - confirmed
Marcus Antonsson was in brilliant form for Blackburn Rovers during the first half of the season after he was sent to Ewood Park on loan from Leeds United in the summer.
The 26-year-old had made 24 appearances in all competitions, scored eight goals and supplied four assists.
However in early January, the Swedish forward was ruled out for almost two months with an ankle injury.
Antonsson has now recovered and returned to action with a 27-minute-long cameo appearance off the bench in the 2-0 win against Bury on Tuesday night as he continues to build up his match fitness after an extended spell on the sidelines.
It will no doubt serve as a major boost to Antonsson and Blackburn as they aim to push for promotion from League One this season.
The Swedish striker, who was snapped up from Kalmar in 2016, told Blackburn’s official website that it was tough for him to sit on the sidelines and miss a big chunk of the season.
“I’m really happy to win the game and make my comeback from injury,” he said.
“It’s been very frustrating. I felt sharp, scored goals, got assists and helped the team before I picked up the injury. But you have to work hard to get back and I hope that’ll pay off for me by the end of the season.”
Antonsson was well down the pecking order at Leeds last season under the charge of Garry Monk.
He made 21 appearances in all competitions, mostly off the bench, and scored just three goals as he had to fight for game time with Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara.
Blackburn are currently top of the League One standings, three points clear of third-placed Wigan.
However the Latics have three games in hand on Rovers as the battle for promotion to the Championship heats up.
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